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Public Protector widens her investigations, says Maimane

Demo­c­ra­t­ic Alliance (DA) has spurned media reports that it dis­tances itself from Pub­lic Pro­tec­tors’ inves­ti­ga­tions that Pres­i­dent Cyril Ramaphosa was also being probed for mon­ey laun­der­ing.

In a state­ment on Mon­day, DA Leader, Mmusi Maimane refer to a report in the Busi­ness Day head­lined, “DA denies rais­ing laun­der­ing issue” as mis­lead­ing and dis­tort­ing the truth.

“At no stage has the DA dis­tanced itself from this inves­ti­ga­tion or the con­tents.

From the begin­ning, the sus­pi­cion of mon­ey laun­der­ing was raised with the Pub­lic Pro­tec­tor, Advo­cate Busisi­we Mkhwe­bane,” said Maimane.

Maimane said the Pub­lic Pro­tec­tor has widened the ambit of the inves­ti­ga­tion.

“Oth­er issues uncov­ered dur­ing the inves­ti­ga­tion include pos­si­ble finan­cial irreg­u­lar­i­ties which the Pub­lic Pro­tec­tor may widen her inves­ti­ga­tions,” said Ramaphosa.

It was fur­ther report­ed the alleged donor has received bil­lions of rands in state ten­ders.

Maimane said from the very out­set, DA raised the sus­pi­cion of mon­ey laun­der­ing with the Pub­lic Pro­tec­tor.

Pres­i­dent Ramaphosa is being inves­ti­gat­ed for mis­lead­ing Par­lia­ment his elec­tions cam­paign received  R500 000 “dona­tion” from Bosasa Chief Exec­u­tive Offi­cer, Gavin Wat­son.

Inves­ti­ga­tions include whether a con­flict of inter­est exists between Pres­i­dent Ramaphosa, his son, Andile and Bosasa.

Alle­ga­tions sur­faced that his son secured lucra­tive con­tracts with Bosasa to the tune of at least R2 mil­lion.

“Dur­ing inves­ti­gat­ing it became clear the nature and extent of the rela­tion­ship between the Ramaphosa’s and Bosasa ran much deep­er than thought.”

Maimane con­firmed his par­ty has writ­ten to the Speak­er of the Nation­al Assem­bly, Than­di Modise, say­ing DA is await­ing Par­lia­ment to con­sid­er the release of the final report.

“Par­lia­ment must set up An Ad Hoc Com­mit­tee with­out delay. This will leave no room for fur­ther spec­u­la­tion and allow the pub­lic and Par­lia­ment to hold Pres­i­dent Ramaphosa to account for his actions,” added Maimane

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